High Tech on Campus

by Gunter Buerk, Senior Vice Pres.; Perkins & Will Architects, Washington, DC,
Eric Rathgeber, Vice Pres.; Cagley & Associates, Rockville, MD,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 3, Pg. 48-50

Document Type: Feature article


Hannan Hall, the new laboratory building at The Catholic University of America, has a structure entirely made up of precast concrete panels and 24 in. deep double tees. The loadbearing wall panels, textured and colored rose or tan, also serve as the building's architectural finish. The 93,000 sq ft, five level structure is L-shaped, allowing horizontal and vertical separation of the research and administration, teaching and public spaces. Laboratories, sandwiched between a public corridor and a continuous mechanical chase, can be reconfigured easily without disrupting adjacent areas. Below grade walls of cast in place reinforced concrete resist lateral earth pressures, and a 6 in. slab provides on-grade support for the 20 ft high CMU partition basement walls.

Subject Headings: Walls | Precast concrete | Panels (structural) | Reinforced concrete | Colleges and universities | Concrete structures | Load bearing capacity | Architecture

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